Vermont Researchers and Business Innovators in Second Season of VPT's Emerging Science
Paul Hines of the
UVM School of Engineering
describes the basic science of electricity.
Vermont's researchers and entrepreneurs in science and technology are expanding knowledge about the natural world and developing new businesses. Vermont Public Television began telling the stories of people doing such notable work at the University of Vermont, other academic communities, businesses and homes last year in the first season of VPT's Emerging Science project. The second season of five weekly broadcast/webcast programs premieres Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 9 p.m. on VPT and www.vpt.org. The multi-platform project features video podcasts, science discussions and an educational component to spark high school students' interest in scientific careers.
"I'm just a guy on a dirt road in Vermont and look what I was able to build," says electric car designer Stephen Miracle of Montpelier, and viewers will find such innovators throughout Emerging Science.
Funding for the project comes from Vermont EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. Located at UVM, Vermont EPSCoR supports Vermont scientists and business leaders - including many who appear in the series - through funding, outreach and technology development.
Amy Seidl, a scientist and environmental researcher, returns as program host. The lineup is as follows:
Jan. 27 Energy
Vermont scientists explore the history of energy in human society,
examining how it is used and the challenges and opportunities associated
with adapting to new, renewable sources. Included: how Vermont scientists
are contributing to the growth potential of wind energy and helping
redefine the electric grid to accommodate alternative energy sources.
Feb. 3 Food Webs
This episode explores two Vermont “food webs”: the aquatic food web of
Lake Champlain and the terrestrial food web in the time since wolves
disappeared from the Vermont landscape. While food webs can be relatively
simple to understand, Vermont scientists are delving into their
complexities by modeling one of the smallest self-contained food webs
known: the aquatic habitat in the pitcher plant.
Feb. 10 Technology of Social Sciences
What are the technological tools used by today’s social scientists to
understand the behavior of large populations? This episode explains how
Vermont scientists are studying child behavior and “teaching” robots how
to learn. Also, a look at how the Internet is affecting behavior and how
data mining enables scientists to understand the collective behavior and
emotions of hundreds of thousands of people.
Feb. 17 Transportation
This episode starts with a lesson in how the combustion engine works, then
investigates the challenges of continued dependence on gasoline vehicles
in the face of climate change and declining oil reserves. Also, a look at
emerging transportation alternatives including electric vehicles and a
renewable system called “vehicle-to-grid.”
Feb. 24 Fresh Water
This look at one of Vermont’s most plentiful resources also includes a
broader discussion of the status of fresh water across the U.S., and
highlights case studies and research programs -- from coastal Maine to the
Mississippi bayou to the dry landscapes of the West. What are scientists
doing to ensure clean water for the future?
Podcasts and full episodes from the first season are available on demand on www.vpt.org. Working with AP science teachers, VPT will develop a teacher's guide.
The producer of Emerging Science is Vic Guadagno. Executive producer is Enzo Di Maio.
People Who Appear in Emerging Science Broadcasts; Place of Residence Listed Where Available.
Jan. 27 Program 1: Energy
Paul Hines, School of Engineering, Univ. of Vermont
Julie Marble, Williston, Vt., Sentient Corporation
John LaRue, Underhill, Vt., Natural Horizons
David Morris, Minneapolis, Minn., Institute for Local Self-Reliance
David Blittersdorf, Williston, Vt., Earth Turbines
Bob Hargraves, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth ILEAD
Jito Coleman, Warren, Vt., Green Toolbox
Mary Powell, S. Hero, Vt., Green Mountain Power
John Irving, Jericho, Vt., Burlington Electric Dept.
Mark Sardella, New Mexico, Local Energy
Dick Valentinetti, Center for Climate Change and Waste Reduction, State of VT
A.J. Rossman, Burlington, Vt., Draker Labs
Beth Sachs, Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
Feb. 3 Program 2: Food Webs
Nick Gotelli, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of Vermont
Aaron Ellison, Petersham, Mass., Harvard Forest, Harvard University
Ellen Marsden, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, UVM
Peggy Struhsacker, wolf biologist, National Resource Defense Council
David Zuckerman, Burlington, Vt., organic farmer and state representative
Feb. 10 Program 3: Technology of Social Sciences
Josh Bongard, Dept. of Computer Science, Univ. of Vermont
Peter Dodds, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, Univ. of Vermont
Chris Danforth, Shelburne, Vt., Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, Univ. of VT
Elizabeth Pinel, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Vermont
Tom Streeter, Burlington, Vt., Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of Vermont
Feb. 17 Program 4: Transportation
Steven Letendre, Management and Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College
Lisa Aultman-Hall, Transportation Research Center, Univ. of Vermont
Giuseppe Petrucci, Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Vermont
Topher Waring, Glover, Vt., Science Dept., Lake Region Union High School
Stephen Miracle, Montpelier, Vt., Miracle Energy Systems
Anju Dahiya, Gund Institute/ Rubenstein School of Environment
and Natural Resources, Univ. of Vermont
Roelof Boumans, Charlotte, Vt., Gund Institute/Rubenstein School of Environment
and Natural Resources, Univ. of Vermont
Harold Garabedian, Agency of Natural Resources, State of Vermont
Feb. 24 Program 5: Fresh Water
KathiJo Jankowski, Essex Jct., Vt., VT EPSCor Streams Project
Declan McCabe, S. Burlington, Vt., Biology Dept., St. Michael's College
Julie Moore, Center for Clean and Clear, Agency of Natural Resources,
State of Vermont
Venkat Lakshmi, S. Carolina, Dept. of Geological Sciences, Univ. of S. Carolina
Jessica Leahy, Maine, School of Forest Resources, Univ. of Maine
Mary Smith, Audubon Arkansas
Thomas Piechota, Nevada, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Univ. Las Vegas Nevada